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Transfusion. 1980 Nov-Dec;20(6):679-83.

Vasovagal reactions in blood donors.


The donor records of a hospital blood bank, analyzed from a statistical standpoint demonstrated a low incidence of vasovagal reactions: 119 in 10,547 donations (1.13%). Donors of younger age and of lower diastolic blood pressure were more prone to reaction. There was no significant sex difference. Higher reaction rates were also associated with first-time donation, the time of year (spring), and a particular phlebotomist. The low reaction rate and the clearly demonstrated psychologic factors in the present study were attributed to a reflection of the small amount (200 ml) of blood withdrawn. The importance of the phlebotomist-donor relationship was stressed.

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